Liholiho and Kamamalu, 1924.


At the annual social meeting of the Daughters of Hawaii at Queen Emma home Wednesday afternoon, a story of the life and short reign of King Kamehameha II, usually known as Liholiho Iolani, the latter being his favorite name, and his queen, Kamamalu. The paper was read by Mrs. Flora Wood Jones, historian, who wove the historical facts into an interesting story. It is as follows:

Embark for England

The royal party, 12 in number, embarked on the ship L’Aigle November 27, 1823, for England.

Everything possible was done to dissuade the king from taking this journey, but he remained immovable. The crowd stood on the beach filling the air with their wailings—following the ship with their eyes, as it slowly receded from their view. When its masts disappeared, that was the last they saw of Liholiho, until his lifeless body, and that of his wife were brought home to their shores. On her way to England, L’Aigle touched at Rio de Janeiro, where the English consul general being informed of the general purpose of Kamehameha’s visit to England, and having a just idea of its importance, received their majesties most honorably, gave a ball for them, to which all the principal Brazilian families and English residents were invited. Their great gentleness and good humor, and the readiness with which they adapted themselves to the customs of those they were among was most noticeable.

The emperor’s (Dom Pedro) manner of receiving the Hawaiian royal party was most gratifying to them. To the consul general the king presented a beautiful feather cloak, and a feather fan, or small kahili, called him one of his Aliis, and wished that he should be adopted as the brother of Kaleimoku [Kalaimoku] and Boki. Their stay at Rio de Janeiro was very short. The royal party arrived at Portsmouth in May, 1824, and soon after were comfortably settled in Osborne’s hotel in Adelphi.

[Auwe. This ahuula survived until but a few days ago, when the National Museum of Brazil went up in flames. Minamina. See the report appearing on Hawaiʻi Public Radio.]

(Star Bulletin, 5/3/1924, p. 9)


Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Volume XXXI, Number 10092, Page 9. May 3, 1924.


5 thoughts on “Liholiho and Kamamalu, 1924.

  1. ʻAe, auē hoʻi nā mea makamae i pau i ke ahi, i pau i ka nalowale! Mahalo a nui i ka poʻe a “nū” no ka nūhou e pili ana i nā mea i pūlama ʻia mai.


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